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Native American Library Services: Enhancement Grants

Grants to USA Indian Tribes and Native Villages to
Improve the Programs and Services of Eligible Libraries

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05/01/19 11:59 PM ET


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Grants starting at $10,000 to USA Indian tribes, Alaska native villages, regional corporations, and village corporations to advance the programs and services of eligible Native American libraries. Applicants should allow several weeks to complete the registration process to apply.

Successful Enhancement grant projects should result in measurable changes and outcomes, such as increased understanding, interest, and confidence among participants. Successful Enhancement grant projects support the activities described in 20 U.S.C. 9141, for example:
- Support for individuals’ needs for education, lifelong learning, workforce development, and digital literacy skills;
- Improvement of the quality of and access to library and information services; and
- Enhancement of the skills of the current library workforce and leadership.

Successful Enhancement grant projects will align with one of three project categories: Preservation and Revitalization; Educational Programming; or Digital Services.

- Preservation and Revitalization projects focus on the preservation and revitalization of Native American language and culture through use of efficient and effective strategies and incorporation of strategic partnerships. Activities include preservation of content of unique and specific value to the community, following established best practices and standards.

- Educational Programming projects include programs for library patrons and community-based users related to a specific topic or content area through development, implementation and evaluation of classes, events, tools, resources, and/or other services. Emphasis should be placed on the needs of learners and appropriate teaching and facilitation approaches and curriculum development.

- Digital Services projects feature activities dedicated to the establishment and refinement of digital services and programs related to infrastructure, platforms, and technology, in general. Proposals for digitization projects should include plans for preservation of and access to the resulting digital objects and/or implementing digital library tools to provide services to Native American communities.

For a list of generally allowable costs, see

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GrantWatch ID#: 165538

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Expected amounts of individual awards: $10,000 - $150,000
Average amount of funding per award experienced in previous years: $132,500

Term of Contract:

The award period of performance would begin on September 1, 2019 and end no later than August 31, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Indian tribes are eligible to apply for funding under the Native American Library Services Enhancement Grant program. Entities such as libraries, schools, tribal colleges, or departments of education are not eligible applicants, although they may be involved in the administration of this program and their staff may serve as project directors in partnership with an eligible applicant.

For purposes of funding under this program, "Indian tribe" means any tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, including any Alaska native village, regional corporation, or village corporation (as defined in, or established pursuant to, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.)), which is recognized by the Secretary of the Interior as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians. A list of eligible entities is available from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

To be eligible for this program you must be able to document an existing library that meets, at a minimum, three basic criteria: (1) regularly scheduled hours, (2) staff, and (3) materials available for library users.

You are required to have submitted a FY 2018 Native American Library Services Basic Grant application to be eligible to apply for a FY 2018 Enhancement Grant. Failure to submit a FY 2018 Basic grant application in FY 2018 will result in the rejection of your FY2018 Enhancement Grant application.

Projects that primarily consist of research (as defined in 2 C.F.R. §200.87) are not supported in this grant program.

A list of unallowable costs can be found at:

Pre-Application Information:

Due Date: Submit through by 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on May 1, 2019.
Anticipated Date of Notification of Award Decisions: August, 2019 (subject to the availability of funds and IMLS discretion)

Before submitting an application, your organization must have a current and active D-U-N-S® number, ( registration, and registration.

You must register with prior to submitting your application package. The multi-step registration process generally cannot be completed in a single day. If you are not already registered, you should allow several weeks before the grant program deadline to complete this one-time process. Do not wait until the day of the application deadline to register.

You must submit your application through Do not submit through email to IMLS.

Recordings of recent webinars:
- General Applicant Webinar: and
- Accountability: Budgets, Reporting, and Performance Measures:

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online Application:

For questions about project activities, eligibility, and allowability of costs, contact:
Dr. Sandra Toro, Senior Program Officer

For questions about application requirements and deadlines, contact:
Stephen Mayeaux, Program Specialist

Chelsea Cole, Program Specialist

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